The Kontana Scroll II: Part One
"Usul usul usul, usul usul usul, usul usul usul," the words could be heard
throughout the whole hidden village of Viemo. The village was filled with Usuls
and no other species were ever seen inside. It was teamwork, hardworking, and
friendship that brought the village of Viemo together into a strong community.
Deep, strong magic was rooted in the village, but no one really knew the truth
of it. The Viemo had more Usuls than any other communities and the Usul colours
came more than just Christmas, Faerie, Skunk, Gold, Speckled, White, and the
basic four colours, Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow. There was also Fire, Unicorn,
Rainbow, Silver, Brown, and a very rare Usul colour which is named Usul. However,
no one really knows what the colour 'Usul' looks like, and the ones who do aren't
in the condition to tell us.
Our story however starts in Strannams, a community with many different species
just north of Neopia. Here's a map of Strannams Central.
As you can see, Queen Kihalai's castle is out of range towards the south deep
into the forest. The friendship hut is right by the Kontana Moutains.
The Viemo village may have been sunny, vibrant, and vivacious on that particular
day, but for Strannams, it was a cold and rainy day. It had been a year since
the last Kontana Scroll adventure. Many things occurred during that time. Last
time, Vivarosa was buried inside the magic Firehole that belonged to a witch.
Later, the Faerie Queen dropped by the Village and granted the wishes of the
thousands citizens, and Vivarosa magically dug her way out. It was a joyous
occasion, just like when the Strannams Village was saved from a terrible fate,
but it didn't last long.
Back to the cold and rainy day. It's odd, but bad news was always spread during
rainy days. There was a small rare argument going on inside the Friendship Hut.
"I called her, but she didn't answer," said Exlund worriedly, "and she wasn't
at home or anywhere."
"Maybe Viva isn't interested in you anymore," suggested Sahe. This one suggestion
lead to an uproar.
"How could you! You don't even know us!" yelled Exlund, "You are just a sick
fool making assumptions!"
"I know you well enough that you are obnoxious and stupid, the opposite of
a woman's dream!" yelled Sahe back.
"Guys, guys! Tone it down," stepped in Flamie_500, "there is absolutely no
reason why you two should be yelling at each other. Now apologise, both of you."
"Flamie's right," said Chelses, "we can't just blame, fight, and insult each
other when there's trouble brewing."
At this moment, there were two knocks and a scratch at the door, the password
for entering the hut. TrailMixed opened the door and there stood Cadbury_Bunny,
the messenger from the castle, with two honorable knights behind him, Kikugoku
and Gotenks79. Kikugoku was holding over an umbrella over Cadbury_Bunny's head
and they looked so ridiculous, TrailMixed rolled on the floor laughing. Everyone
stared at TrailMixed and she quickly bottled her chuckles and stepped aside.
Cadbury_Bunny took out his golden scroll and read, "Vivarosa, an honourable
Faerie Lupe that sacrificed her life in the quest last year and brought back
to life by the Faerie Queen, was kidnapped along with her brother _Noro_ during
the last hour. Rumours say that her last seen position was by the inner sea
port. Please report immediately of her sightings. Additionally, the Firehole
where the witch burns her fires (as the legend says) as you all by now should
be familiar with, has vanished into thin air from a report 10 minutes ago."
Flamie_500 frowned and said, "Another Kontana Scroll, Cadbury, is what we need.
Listen, I have memorised all the legends and for this one, here goes:
Aye, as dangers roam the land
The answers lie in the sand
Wherever the firehole goes
Is wherever our kin made a pose
In the land northwest from here
The scroll says the answers near
If you at home leave your fear"
Yamakarasu gulped and said, "I don't envy the person looking for that scroll...
and beats me if it's still in a whole piece."
"Vivarosa is our friend though," put in Gyka, "so one way or another, we should
Sahe poured two cups of coffee and turned to Exlund handing him a cup, "Hey,
about earlier, I'm sorry."
Exlund nodded and said, "I'm sorry too. Still friends?"
"Yeah," said Sahe.
Yamakarasu shuddered, "As scary as fishy nibbles."
TrailMixed giggled and took out some fishy nibbles waving them in Yama's face,
"Hehe, looky here! Yummy yummy!"
"I must leave to inform the others now," announced Cadbury, but as he
noticed that no one was paying attention, he left.
Flamie_500 made everyone be quiet and then said, "How do you guys think we
should obtain the lost scroll? I mean, it's definitely not going to just appear
in our hands."
"It did mention a land northwest from here..." said Chelses slowly, "so which
TrailMixed groaned, "Northwest?! That means crossing the Kontana Mountains!!
Gyka sat down on the floor and threw a coin into the air, then it landed on
the floor spinning. Everyone stared at the coin and then as the coin started
slowing down, it looked like it was just going to fall flat on the surface,
but that moment never came. The coin continued spinning and then Gyka drew a
Usul with a white chalk around the coin so that the coin would be right where
the Usul's heart should be. About a minute had passed and the coin slowed down,
but never stopped. The chalk-drawn usul suddenly glowed softly and the coin
slowed down till it stopped. It didn't fall on it's face though. The coin stood
still on the edge and everyone gasped with awe.
"Dat was de ancient Usul spell, Gykes," scowled TrailMixed frowning, "you weren't
supposed to do it in front of other species, but Ah guess it did tell us de
"Yeah it did," whispered Gyka in a strange voice, "it did."
Gyka and TrailMixed were speaking so low and strange that the others were getting
very confused. "What?" asked Sahe, "what is the answer? And the answer to what?"
"Dis is totally impossible," whispered TrailMixed, "Viemo is real... 'tis real."
"The colour 'Usul'," said Gyka, "is real too then."
"Yup, an' Ah thought t'was all only a myth," said TrailMixed, "de answer is...
de Parkitan Usul thieves."
"I think that rings a bell," said Yamakarasu, "my sister Omobolasire is a Usul
and I think she mentioned it once before, about the infamous Parkitan Usul thieves
you know. They live in some kind of hidden village that's full of Usuls only.
Don't tell me you think that Viva and Noro were kidnapped by them. They are
only some silly little stories."
"True stories, Yama, true stories," said TrailMixed, "and 'tis de Village of
Viemo, a powerfully magical village where all de Usul ancestors came from, so
you don't go 'round talkin' 'em like rubbish."
"Wait, let's slow this down," said Exlund, "are you meaning to say that there's
a hidden village over the Kontana Mountains named Viemo and that some thieves
came over and pillaged Vivarosa and Noro's home and also stealing them along
with everything else?"
"Yeah," said Gyka, "Yes, that's what we are meaning to say. Don't you remember?
Kontana crossed these mountains... he was an Usul... so to get to Viemo, we
need to cross these mountains and somehow... find a way in. Into the Village
Queen Kihalai was pacing back and forth in the castle hall trying to think
what to do when Cadbury_Bunny, Kikugoku, and Gotenks79 entered. She hurried
forward with Stefang, her bodyguard and consultant, following closely behind
her. Just as she was about to ask Cadbury something, Prince Kerusta, her husband,
walked in, his face solemn.
"What is it?" asked Kihalai.
"Aye, trouble again," said Kerusta with a sigh, "all the Usuls in the land
seems very rebellious."
"Oh?" Kihalai raised an eyebrow frowning, "And why would that be?"
Kerusta shook his head, "I don't know the details, but next to the village
town hall, there are about two hundred Usuls yelling about something for us
to stop." He shrugged, "I have no idea."
"And Cadbury?" Kihalai turned to Cadbury_Bunny.
"Ah yes, well, my sister PrincessCharsi might have mentioned it," lied Cadbury_Bunny
for he didn't want to share the Usul secrets and though he didn't know that
much about it, he knew his sister wouldn't want to tell any of it anyway, "but
I really do not know exactly what is going on. However, I came back to inform
you that I have delivered the message in the scroll to everyone."
"Good good," nodded Kihalai, "now let's see, I remember the legend, about the
Kontana Scroll. Those scrolls are very useful, giving every answers and secrets
to just about everything. Now, the legend says that the scroll is shattered
in the land northwest of us."
"Yes, ma'am," said Kikugoku stepping in, "but the point is, that's no such
"Why do you suggest that, Kiku?" questioned Kihalai.
"There is no land over those mountains," said Kikugoku, "it would be wasting
our time if we went across those mountains and find nothing but sand."
"Of course there is such thing," said Gotenks79 quickly, "I may not have been
born a Usul, but now that I am, I ought to know something about our legends
and myth and most importantly, facts. There is a land over the mountains, Queen,
and if not, where did you think Kontana himself came from before he crossed
"Hmmm, they both have a point," stepped in Stefang, "you see, what I think
is, that they are both telling the truth, but they both don't know the whole
Kihalai snapped her fingers for a servant to bring her a table, parchment,
and a pen, then turned to Stefang, "Please write down the instructions which
you think ought to be followed by our soldiers. I will look over it and decide
if it's appropriate."
Stefang took the pen and started writing. He wrote in a neat ancient script
and when he finished, he rolled it up and handed it to Kihalai, "Overall what
I have written is for an army of our NeoPets, 3 generals, 100 knights, and 1000
soldiers, to cross the mountains and find the scroll. Proceeding that, they
will search for the pieces of the Kontana Scroll. Then what will happen is,
the answers should tell them what will happen, and from that, I am guessing
that the Firehole will be returned as well as Vivarosa and Noro. The secrets
of the Usuls should be well revealed I reckon, and not only will our kingdom
gain knowledge and our pets back, we will gain strength."
"Excellent," smiled Kihalai and then turned to Kikugoku and Gotenks79, "some
of our generals are very old now and therefore, I am promoting you two to generals.
The general who will lead everyone and you two will be Pozialle. I think you
will find him in excellent health vacationing in the Mystery Island. I'm sure
he will be very willing to come for a community emergency. As for Kerusta, m'love,
would you have someone quiet down those Usuls by the town hall? Thank you. Cadbury,
you know what your job is, go for Pozialle right away."
Cadbury_Bunny bowed his way out and as he headed for the Mystery Island, he
muttered to himself, "I do hope the friendship hut pets will find the scroll
first... these royal idiots will set the hidden village to fire!"
To be continued...